2nd Anniversary Blog Hop Day 2

by jenniferrzasa

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Good morning, and welcome to Day 2 of our 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop!

Yesterday, Tasnim shared with you a bit about how Altenew got started.  It was so strange (and lovely!) to read her post, since it instantly transported me back to that very first release.  The two of us were nervous wrecks in the moments leading up to the official launch of the store, and it was so hard for me because I was at work and had to put all of that aside in order to teach my students!  It is just so wonderful to think of how we have grown since April 2014, and we owe so much to you – our friends, fans and customers!  Your support has meant so much to us, and you continue to inspire us each and every day!

Speaking of inspiration, we have an amazing line up for you today!  If you missed yesterday's hop, please go back and check it out HERE – you won't be sorry you did!  Tasnim's post was all about the birth of Altenew and some of her favorites from our first release.  Today, I'll be reflecting upon some of my favorites from the releases we have had since, leading up to a little sneak peek of our May 2016 release!

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My first card features stamps from our first two releases:  Super Script (April 2014 Release) and Sketchy Cities Abroad (July 2014 Release).  I started by watercoloring a background with a blend of blue and green paints.  Once it was dry, I stamped the Shanghai skyline with black ink.  I used the MISTI stamp tool since I was stamping on cold-pressed paper (it is fairly textured), and I needed to stamp twice to get a clean impression.  Then, I stamped and embossed my sentiment onto vellum, and used the Super Script Die to cut it out before adhering to my card with foam tape.
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My next card combines two unlikely stamp sets:  To the Moon (February 2015 Release) and Layered Lily (July 2015 Release).  I stamped the leaves using our Green Fields coordinating inks, and the flower was stamped with the Red Sunset collection.  Then, I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out.  The moon was stamped using our Warm Gray inks, and then I layered all of the elements with varied levels of foam tape. The sentiment was stamped and embossed onto our Jet Black cardstock, and adhered with foam tape.DSC_0829-2

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This card uses two of our newer sets, Painted Greetings (January 2016 Release) and Penned Rose (April 2016 Release).  I started by stamping and masking two roses and one of the leaf clusters from the Penned Rose set, then quickly and loosely watercolored the images.  When it comes to watercoloring, sometimes it's best not to think too much about it!  Then, I simply added some green splattered paint and stamped the sentiment in black ink.  So simple!DSC_0826-2

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Of course, in honor of our 2nd anniversary, I just had to make a card in the signature Altenew colors – black and gold!!  This card includes a sentiment which I created with our Modern Deco Alpha set (November 2015 Release), as well as a sneak preview of a floral stamp set we will be releasing next month!  The floral images were stamped randomly onto white cardstock in Delicata gold ink, then mounted onto a black card base.  The sentiment was stamped onto a strip of cardstock and adhered with foam tape.DSC_0832-2

Before we get to the blog hop, I want to say that one of my favorite things about Altenew is being on such an amazing team.  I feel so lucky to work with such dedicated people who all share the same passion!

I hope that the girls don't mind, but I want to share a few photos that Tasnim, May, and I took this past weekend.  I think you will see right away how difficult it was for us to get a “normal” photo (although we did eventually…haha).   I can't help but be a goof when I am around these girls, and I wish we lived close enough to work together every day.

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Maybe next time we can get a photo of the whole team together – I love all of you ladies!!

PRIZES:

Leave comments along the way for the opportunity to win one of THREE prize packs valued at over $100 from Altenew! This amazing prize pack includes not-yet-released stamp sets.

There are 8 awesome companies who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments on each stop by Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST for a chance to win! 13 winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the hop list and will be announced on the Altenew blog on Apr 14th.

Altenew Special Offer:

  • First 100 orders : 1 free mini stamp set (Starting April 7th at 9:00 AM EST)
  • Orders over $75 : 1 free mini stamp set (Now through Sunday, April 10, 2016)

Your next stop at the hop is the always amazing Kristina Werner!

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Kristina Werner
Anna Kossakovskaya
Simon Says Stamp
Agnieszka Malyszek
Melania Deasy
Marika Rahtu
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Nicole Picadura
Darlene DeVries
Pamela Ho

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Allison H April 11, 2016 - 16:41

Such awesome cards! Love the city skyline.

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Alison Henderson April 11, 2016 - 16:46

am addicted to your stamps loving inspiration

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Emily April 11, 2016 - 16:56

I love the florals and the cityscape!

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Zelda April 11, 2016 - 17:39

Beautiful range of cards!

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Svitlana Shayevich April 11, 2016 - 17:40

Your cards are so beautiful and unique! And it was so interesting to read how all started :)

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Leticia Faries April 11, 2016 - 17:57

Love all the cards, thanks for sharing!!!!

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Renee Hoffer April 11, 2016 - 19:49

Oh my gosh I love your cards! And it’s so fun reading about the history of your company. I am happy for you and your success!

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Lekha jain April 11, 2016 - 20:38

Wow…simply gorgeous cards…

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Yasmine Omar April 11, 2016 - 21:19

Love your cards and love the photos too.

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Ashley Wells April 11, 2016 - 23:38

So many days and stops of inspiration! So excited for this blog hop!

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Toni C April 12, 2016 - 00:32

Great photos of the 3 of you :)

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Vanna April 12, 2016 - 01:08

The photo shows true happiness.

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Elaine April 12, 2016 - 01:11

Beautiful cards!

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Sheri Elmont April 12, 2016 - 01:27

It’s fun hearing how it all began. And thanks for sharing the great pictures and beautiful cards.

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Liz mcallister April 12, 2016 - 01:31

Congrats on your anniversary!

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Melinda Sweetman April 12, 2016 - 01:36

I love reading the how we started stories!! Great cards and you guys look like you have so much fun together!

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Monika Reeck April 12, 2016 - 02:37

I love your card Jen
unique and so adorable with lovely coloring too
beautiful all your card on this post
love them all
will be thrilled if you send me one of your card
hugs
Monika in Germany

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Heather Loughlin April 12, 2016 - 02:48

I’m a big fan of your designs & wish you increased success as you continue to grow your business! Good luck in the new year & happy anniversary!

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Karthikha April 12, 2016 - 03:08

Simple and elegant cards! :)

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Nicki burke April 12, 2016 - 04:50

Gorgeous

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Tatyana Cectri4ka April 12, 2016 - 05:18

Pretty cards!!! Girls!! You are so wonderful!

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Charlene Runge April 12, 2016 - 06:52

Gorgeous cards and lovely pictures of you ladies. Goofy is good :).

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Christine Smith April 12, 2016 - 07:00

Gorgeous cards and awesome fun and lovely photos! I am off to hop! xxx

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Kathy BM April 12, 2016 - 08:54

Congratulations to you both on your 2nd anniversary!!

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Miriam Leech April 12, 2016 - 11:18

I just ordered your warm gray inks as well as a few more new colors! Can’t wait to try! Congrats on 2 wonderful years!!

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Kanan Pandya April 12, 2016 - 12:12

Lovely cards!! The pictures are so sweet, you all look awesome. Wonderful hop, great cards by all. :-)

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Kate B April 12, 2016 - 12:32

I just love your stamps! I’m excited to try out your inks as well! Happy Anniversary!!

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Candice L. April 12, 2016 - 14:20

It is a blessing to have a great design team to showcase the products with their artwork. Congratulations and wishing you another fabulous year to come.

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Heather Hoffman April 12, 2016 - 15:58

LOVE these – and thanks for the sneak peek ahead to the next release! More florals – yay!!!

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Esther T. April 12, 2016 - 16:09

Your cards are lovely – I always love seeing what’s new in the Altenew releases.

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Lori Hefner April 12, 2016 - 19:18

I am so in love with so many of your stamps! The flower stamps are so beautiful and realistic!! Thank you for sharing your story and for your beautiful cards!

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Renee V. April 12, 2016 - 19:26

Beautiful cards and photos of the girls :)

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Stacy B. April 12, 2016 - 20:03

What a great hop! Great cards.

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Lori Hefner April 12, 2016 - 20:06

Love this hop, love these cards!! So much fun inspiration!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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Tara D April 12, 2016 - 23:29

I love the variety of stamps and dies that you are producing. Can’t wait for my order to arrive.

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Nancy Dorrien April 22, 2016 - 14:23

I love the fonts!

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graciela cedres larsen May 5, 2016 - 15:17

Love all the stamps and lovely colors!

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Tracy B. June 15, 2016 - 23:48

Your cards are great!

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AmberDavis January 7, 2017 - 08:49

Congratulations! I’m new to stamping and your flowers are already a favorite of mine! Lovely stamps!!

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